“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.”
Rev. Stan Cardwell
Pastor Stan has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years in 5 churches, throughout Maryland and West Virginia. His churches have, by God’s grace, grown in very different settings and ministry styles. Stan’s pastoral role has him wearing many hats, but his favorites are creative worship design, missional outreach, culture watching and disciple building. He has a passion to see people come alive in Christ and grow into fully-devoted followers of Jesus.
Stan’s wife is our children’s director, Michelle. They have been married for thirty wonderful and crazy years, and have four (semi) grown children – Rachel, Rebecca, Daniel, and Lazarus, who was adopted from Uganda and brought home in 2009. He and Michelle have traveled together to Jordan, Israel, Egypt, South Korea, Uganda, Guatemala, and Zimbabwe. Each trip has deepened Stan’s faith and given him an appreciation for world cultures. In his younger days he loved to play basketball, hunt, and fish. Now his renewing activities are reading, technology, outdoor projects, travel, and hiking (when his back cooperates).
Hilary Ann Golden
Director of Youth & Communications
Hilary’s main responsibilities include equipping and developing leaders for the youth ministry, overseeing all aspects of the youth ministry programming, and managing communications for the church. Hilary is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Messiah College with BA in Christian Ministry & Cross Cultural Studies in 2006 and from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology with a Master of Divinity in 2012.
Hilary has served in pastoral leadership in the areas of worship, spiritual formation, youth ministry and missions. She is passionate about Haiti, progressive theology, spiritual practice, and social justice. She enjoys reading, coffee, camping, cooking, fountain pens, exploring new places, traveling, listening to music, Bob Dylan, campfires, and singing bad karaoke.
Director of Children &
Michelle’s responsibilities here at Community include overseeing children’s Sunday School, CDC Chapel, Vacation Bible School, Nursery, coordinating family events, recruiting volunteers, and providing parenting workshops and education. She also serves in the community as a substitute teacher for our Crofton public schools. Michelle is originally from the Philadelphia area of PA and she graduated from Penn State University with an AA in Liberal Arts and a focus in psychology.
Michelle is the mom to four young adult children, Rachel, Rebecca, Daniel, and Lazarus, and an energetic German Short-haired Pointer, named Penda. Her husband is Pastor Stan and they have been married for 30 years. Michelle has a love for Africa, particularly Uganda, where her adopted son, Lazarus, is from. She loves serving on our Zimbabwe Mission Team and has a big heart for social/racial justice. Michelle loves spending time with her family, friends, the mountains, nature, traveling, and being immersed in different cultures.
Marissa’s responsibilities include answering and directing phone calls, handling requests for facilities usage, managing the church calendar, distributing mail, updating our database, and creating the weekly bulletin.
Marissa recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. She will begin working towards a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences in the Fall 2020 semester through the University of Washington’s online program. Marissa’s enjoys reading, cross-stitching, researching genealogy, and taking trips to museums in her spare time.
Director of Traditional Music
Lynn has been serving in churches throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland as Director of Music, choir director, organist, handbell director, orchestra director and all around gopher since 1962. Lynn attended UMBC to obtain a Bachelor’s in Computer Science (1992), with a minor in music. In her spare time, she also attended George Washington University to obtain an MBA in Business Analysis (2013), while working for NASA, where she retired (2013) from the Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler Space Telescope, and the new James Webb Space Telescope.
Lynn has worked as interim and substitute organist for a variety of churches before coming to Community UMC in 2006 to direct the Jubilate Bronze Handbells, where she also took over the direction of the Orchestra in 2007. As of July 2014, Lynn became the choir director and music director here at Community UMC. She is currently teaching music in the Child Development Center at CUMC. Lynn is also Music Chair at Golden Mean Tutorial Cooperative and gives private music lessons.
Director of Contemporary Music
As Director of Contemporary Music, Paul selects music to help create a space that draws the congregation into worship. He also teams with the Band’s talented and inspired singers and instrumentalists to arrange and lead the music.
Paul grew up in Connecticut as the kid of a Baptist pastor and church organist, and graduated from Barrington College (outside of Providence) with a BA in Music. He first become excited about contemporary worship music while living in the UK, and led music at his parish church there for three years. He has worshipped at Ark and Dove Presbyterian in Odenton since 2001, where he led worship through involvement in the Band, Choir, and as Worship Elder. He has lived in the UK and Germany, gets a kick out of traveling abroad and encountering new cultures, speaking French and German, and cycling. He can’t imagine what life would be like if he weren’t doing music, and enjoys making music at home with his wife Laura and his daughters Caroline and Lydia.
Junghoon (John) Park
Junghoon (John) Park plays the piano during services here at Community, bringing hymns to life. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has participated in a variety of music festivals and competitions, such as the National Music Festival, Wonderlic Competition, Liszt-Garrison Competition, and International Keyboard Institute Festival.
John has recently been awarded a Special Honors award from the 2016 Paderewski Competition in Hartford, CT, and has participated in the Premio Scriabin Competition in Grosseto, Italy and 2017 International Chopin Competition in Hartford, CT. He was also selected among the top 12 live performers in the New York Piano Festival and Competition in July 2017. John has been selected as the 2018 Rising Star for his stirring rendition of Earl Wild’s “Etude No. 4”, based on the George Gershwin standard “Embraceable You”.